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themasta
February 28th, 2008, 12:31am
hey guys! this thread is inspired the by dumpster divers that were on Oprah.
I want you to share your new dumpster diving adventures... maybe where you went, what you got...

I will keep track of my dumpster diving here as well!!!
Deal-lovers unite.

Tonysopranogirl
February 28th, 2008, 9:56am
My dh is an independent contractor that recently went to a certain hotel to do some work. The hotel is in the midst of switching to flat screen televisions so in the basement they had over a hundred 27 inch televisons that they are trying to get rid of........like for free! Now considering my dh doesn't usually work at this place and all of the "regular" workers were already offered a free television ...........here they all still sat! My dh ended up getting one for my uncle and one for my father's bedroom. We are talking free zenith televisions.
It wasn't actual dumpster diving but it floors me that they are having trouble giving away televisions!!

fastfreddie1959
February 28th, 2008, 10:41am
The down-side is people are paranoid about it because of all the identity thefts.
Ive also been a metal scrapper for over 30yrs and have made a good deal of money
tax free.
I always believed that one mans junk is another mans treasure:twoclap:

Tonysopranogirl
February 28th, 2008, 10:55am
The down-side is people are paranoid about it because of all the identity thefts.
Ive also been a metal scrapper for over 30yrs and have made a good deal of money
tax free.
I always believed that one mans junk is another mans treasure:twoclap:

The guys in my dh's work do that all the time too and they wait a couple of months and then split the money it is amazing how much they get!!! Infact my dh just told me we just got three hundred bucks from a recent metal scrap run!!

msmicro
February 29th, 2008, 1:23pm
I enjoy diving the first couple weeks in May and the local colleges. The kids throw away clothes, shoes, carpeting, shampoo, lots of dorm stuff, and other personal items. Usually the housekeepers who work there have picked out all the best stuff but there is still plenty of good stuff to be had. I go with rubber gloves some of those kids are nasty!

PRECIOUS
February 29th, 2008, 3:02pm
WOW! After seeing the Oprah show I wondered if anyone here "dumpster dived". What are the best places to go?

PGRIFF
February 29th, 2008, 10:31pm
I got a patio table and 2 matching chairs on trash pick-up day at someone curb -(they were moving) also I stopped going through an alley looking at a house for sale and they had lots of stuff waiting for the trash collectors I found a cool 60's orange pole lamp. I sold both later for over $50.00.

smokey4
February 29th, 2008, 11:43pm
One of the places I used to work at was right next to Frito-Lay. They used to throw out their expired chips every night and a bunch of us would raid the dumpster for free bags of chips.:yesyes:(it was a clean dumpster)

I got a nice table and 4 chairs for the kitchen and a dresser for daughters room.:clap:

A friend of mine used to clean out college dorms. I took all the used text books and turned them in to their buy back place and got $75:pinkie:

kmesh
March 3rd, 2008, 10:19am
I found an AWESOME pie safe from the early 1900's, with 4 old blue Mason Jars inside, that was on the side of the road for junk day. It was covered in dirt and dust. I refurbished it and now it is in my kitchen and I love it . I also picked up a Little Tikes Victorian country kitchen-It was dirty, but in GREAT condition!
I don't know if it's considered dumpster diving, but it is garbage picking!:bounce:

billbb
March 3rd, 2008, 10:36am
When I delivered the Plain dealer in Ohio as a kid, the college students would always throw out their Playboy books at the end of the school year and we would be first to the cans at 5:00 am, for young boys, it was like striking oil.

Bill

crackercrumb
March 3rd, 2008, 3:06pm
each of the 19 buildings near where i live have approx. 6+ dumpsters a piece, so lots of live dumpster near where i live, although, living on the poorer end of the city, it also leaves for alot of competition.

I don't go out muych in the winter, too much snow. Last night I found a box of bows & a bag of wrapping paper. The bows were in a sealed box, but the bag of wrapper paper was open, and we just got snow. So only the bows were salvagable. Approximately 25-30 never used bows.

We get evictions in our area as well. & people who don't have their finances organized, usually don't have organized apartments. My friend & I dived an area of live dumpsters recently, 5 dumpsters full of everything from this womans apartment, as well as furniture and boxes stacked next to the dumpsters. Going thru her bags of stuff, she only took the necessities. From reading her personal notes, I found out she was an escort. She also had at least 30 empty boxes of condoms. I dived a bomber jacket (when I wore it out after washing it, I found $10 in the pocket), silver rings, stuff with price tags, even a bracelt still in the bag with the price tag of $25 with receipt, which I prompty returned for the $25 cash. I also dived alot of photographs from random bags & folders of hers, very unique ones to add to my collection of found photos (her in those photobooths with just "breast shots", nudes & family portraits. We dived those dumpsters for hours. Security came out, & he was cool with us diving, just told us not to make a mess.

A cool part about the dumpsters near my house, alot of people leave salvageable stuff off to the side, without tossing it in. This creates a mess, but is still pretty cool. I've got a ton of stuff this way.

PGRIFF
March 9th, 2008, 11:14am
each of the 19 buildings near where i live have approx. 6+ dumpsters a piece, so lots of live dumpster near where i live, although, living on the poorer end of the city, it also leaves for alot of competition.

I don't go out muych in the winter, too much snow. Last night I found a box of bows & a bag of wrapping paper. The bows were in a sealed box, but the bag of wrapper paper was open, and we just got snow. So only the bows were salvagable. Approximately 25-30 never used bows.

We get evictions in our area as well. & people who don't have their finances organized, usually don't have organized apartments. My friend & I dived an area of live dumpsters recently, 5 dumpsters full of everything from this womans apartment, as well as furniture and boxes stacked next to the dumpsters. Going thru her bags of stuff, she only took the necessities. From reading her personal notes, I found out she was an escort. She also had at least 30 empty boxes of condoms. I dived a bomber jacket (when I wore it out after washing it, I found $10 in the pocket), silver rings, stuff with price tags, even a bracelt still in the bag with the price tag of $25 with receipt, which I prompty returned for the $25 cash. I also dived alot of photographs from random bags & folders of hers, very unique ones to add to my collection of found photos (her in those photobooths with just "breast shots", nudes & family portraits. We dived those dumpsters for hours. Security came out, & he was cool with us diving, just told us not to make a mess.

A cool part about the dumpsters near my house, alot of people leave salvageable stuff off to the side, without tossing it in. This creates a mess, but is still pretty cool. I've got a ton of stuff this way.

your my hero....that's the best yet.

Defenderofthefaith
March 10th, 2008, 12:13am
I've never done it myself, but today when I was at the salon, the stylist was telling me she used to dumpster dive in the Trader Joe's dumpster sometimes. She said they threw out beautiful flowers and stuff. I think it may be an interesting hobby, particularly in the more affluent neighborhoods.

htg20
March 10th, 2008, 12:28am
My dh got a treadmill that was almost new just needed a piece welded from Sears "trash." Its a $500+ treadmill for free!

beanieprincess
March 10th, 2008, 1:12am
mib barbies

luvey
March 10th, 2008, 3:07am
My hubby has collected over 15,000 coke rewards points by dumpster diving and picking through peoples recycling bins. So far he has redeemed them for a video camera, a 7.2 mp digital camera, two 50.00 simon gift cards and some free blockbuster movies and he still has more rewards left in his account to use!

My ex-husband once found an antique clock set out next to a dumpster. It was an old "Calumet Baking Powder" advertising clock. He sold it for 800.00.

demmi
March 10th, 2008, 1:05pm
wow thats a lot coke points did he find them mostly in the dumpster or recyling bins and how do you go in to people recycling bins

WeenyMomma
March 10th, 2008, 4:10pm
I would LOVE to go dumpster diving! My husband use to threaten me when he worked 3rd shift if I snuck out he take my car keys. It would be so neat though to have a buddy to go prowling the curbs and dumpsters.

Luvey, that is great!

Julieb
March 10th, 2008, 4:40pm
I would LOVE to go dumpster diving! My husband use to threaten me when he worked 3rd shift if I snuck out he take my car keys. It would be so neat though to have a buddy to go prowling the curbs and dumpsters.

Luvey, that is great!


Me too, I want someone with me to be a lookout.

luvey
March 10th, 2008, 7:49pm
wow thats a lot coke points did he find them mostly in the dumpster or recyling bins and how do you go in to people recycling bins
During the warm months he rides the bike and stops at the big apartment complex dumpsters, he is very lucky in the cardboard recycling dumpsters at those spots. Our public park is also a great point finding spot. He goes several times a week, sometimes twice a day.

He also takes the baby in her stroller early in the morning on recycling day, and stops along the way to look for points in peoples recycling bins that are out on the curb waiting to be picked up. He doesn't dig in their bins, he only stops if he can see points sticking out of the top of the bin.

crackercrumb
March 10th, 2008, 8:09pm
your my hero....that's the best yet.

haha. thanks! ;)

I dumpster dived two of the strangest things last nite.. I'll post pictures in a few hours. .

crackercrumb
March 11th, 2008, 6:29pm
I never even thought about that.. looking for coke points! what a good idea!
I heard we're supposed to be having a pepsi points contest in Canada sometime soon (hope it's true!), I'm gonna do what your husband did!


anyways,
here's the stuff I dived the other nite:

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u264/newtdecay/IMG_1331.jpg

Humpty Dumpty Zinc piggy bank, a rubber nude man lighter cover.. the lighter is mine (it was also dived, but in the summer) & the other thing, I don't know what it is.

AlwaysLate
March 12th, 2008, 7:01am
Not a regular diver, but do grab things on occasion. Found a pair of car subwoofers sitting in the trash at the grocery store and sold them for $15 at a flea market. Also grab random floor tiles for the boyfriend to make into tabletops.

Around here people frequently set lots of things at the curb with a free sign. I've seen items that I would have been happy to take back when I was in college. Now I'm trying to up the standard of furniture around the house, though I did get an office chair from the guy across the street.

SweepingBeauty
March 14th, 2008, 7:29pm
I stop curbsite if I see something promissing. I have found kids toys that we used then sold in a yard sale, clothing, furniture, bikes, a laptop, etc...

I don't think I have been to a dumpster yet, but :taz:maybe one day.

luvey
March 16th, 2008, 8:50pm
Spring is in the air! Hubby was able to get the bike out and we have a master cycle carrier for the baby to be pulled in the back. He went out twice today and found: 347 Coke points for his account and 30 Pepsi points for me! Lily loves going for the bike rides with her daddy, they stop and play at the park and usually go to the store along the way.

shellockjohn
March 20th, 2008, 8:48pm
Every monday on recycle day around here I've been taking my dog out pretending to walk him. But really I'm totally going through peoples bins. I found 100 coke points last week. And the week before like 80. I got a couple funny looks but no one said anything lol. I really want points!!

manna
March 22nd, 2008, 4:41am
Ohhh, so jealous. I loved that Oprah episode, too.

Would love to give dumpster diving a shot but I'm too chicken. Now if I could find someone else to tag along... I might change my mind. :)

positivelift
March 30th, 2008, 12:29am
After 2-3 weeks of doing this, I think I'm finally comfortable enough to admit that both my wife and I "dumpster dive" and have found it to be quite interesting and rewarding so far. It builds teamwork and gives us something new and fun to do.

In the two or three weeks we have been doing it, we have accumulated over $600 in stuff.

Last night was our best night. We were behind Office Max and found a brand new Executive computer chair that sells brand new for $175. I'm not kidding when I tell you that this was in the box and taped up. The note on the box read "scratch on it, not sure if you want to sell or DND" We opened it up at home and it is brand new and the scratch is on the bottom of the chair. It had the wrong set of screws, so we went to the hardware store today to buy $7 worth of screws. My wife is sitting on it right now at her desk and loves it.

We also found a brand new stapler in the Office Max dumpster and a pack of recordable CD's. The Memorex CD's were tossed out because one of the twelve was broken. Each CD holds 80 minutes worth of music. The stapler was thrown out because the package was opened. It works perfectly and staples 25 sheets of paper at a time. This regularly sells for $20.

So we're addicted. We used to think of dumpster diving as gross and crazy. Now, we're really upset to know that all of these stores throw this stuff out.

On two separate occasions, we have found grocery carts full of baked goods that were "expired" that day. They hadn't been thrown out yet.

We have done this 3 times so far and are addicted.

With the prices of everything drastically rising, dumpster diving just makes "cents". I still can't believe the kind of stuff we found.

pugsly77
March 30th, 2008, 12:47am
wow thats a lot coke points did he find them mostly in the dumpster or recyling bins and how do you go in to people recycling bins

i do that at work but dont find many cuz someone else takes them too LOL

luvey
March 30th, 2008, 12:54am
After 2-3 weeks of doing this, I think I'm finally comfortable enough to admit that both my wife and I "dumpster dive" and have found it to be quite interesting and rewarding so far. It builds teamwork and gives us something new and fun to do.

In the two or three weeks we have been doing it, we have accumulated over $600 in stuff.

Last night was our best night. We were behind Office Max and found a brand new Executive computer chair that sells brand new for $175. I'm not kidding when I tell you that this was in the box and taped up. The note on the box read "scratch on it, not sure if you want to sell or DND" We opened it up at home and it is brand new and the scratch is on the bottom of the chair. It had the wrong set of screws, so we went to the hardware store today to buy $7 worth of screws. My wife is sitting on it right now at her desk and loves it.

We also found a brand new stapler in the Office Max dumpster and a pack of recordable CD's. The Memorex CD's were tossed out because one of the twelve was broken. Each CD holds 80 minutes worth of music. The stapler was thrown out because the package was opened. It works perfectly and staples 25 sheets of paper at a time. This regularly sells for $20.

So we're addicted. We used to think of dumpster diving as gross and crazy. Now, we're really upset to know that all of these stores throw this stuff out.

On two separate occasions, we have found grocery carts full of baked goods that were "expired" that day. They hadn't been thrown out yet.

We have done this 3 times so far and are addicted.

With the prices of everything drastically rising, dumpster diving just makes "cents". I still can't believe the kind of stuff we found.

Great finds Rob! I am going to ask my hubby to check the Office Max now too! We have one in the next town over. We have found perfectly good movies behind Blockbuster - at least 100 used movies. They usually break the DVDs so people cannot watch them, but, one night we got lucky and someone didn't do their job and we got a ton of perfectly good movies!

We also go to the furniture store dumpster and get bubble wrap and good cardboard boxes to use for shipping the ebay items we sell. Not only are we recycling, but, we are saving tons of money on shipping supplies.

francisfam1
April 3rd, 2008, 3:38pm
How do you know if no one has used the coke rewards??

I am seriously going to start doing this!!

We have dumpster dived at Garden ridge pottery. Didnt find anything I could reach! LOL

Stephen
April 3rd, 2008, 4:08pm
You don't know until you enter them online.. They will say that they are invalid or have already redeemed once you enter 'em online.

Stephen

How do you know if no one has used the coke rewards??

I am seriously going to start doing this!!

We have dumpster dived at Garden ridge pottery. Didnt find anything I could reach! LOL

francisfam1
April 3rd, 2008, 4:59pm
Thanks Stephan!

Cant wait for DH to get home. I will be talking his ear off! LOL

Its too bad the Recycle people had already come before I read this stuff. Will have to wait till next week.

I need to get a little more comfortable before "crawling in with the big guys!'

Stephen
April 4th, 2008, 3:44pm
The most I do is pick up the stray item off of the curb, and that's rarely.

MonCherie
April 5th, 2008, 2:54pm
Some other great places I used to find things...daily

Bed. Bath and Beyond
Linens & Things
Bath and Body Works
Michaels--TONS of discontinued scrapbook stuff

These ppl throw away great stuff!

Forgot to add, the colleges at summer's break and in the fall- you will find things that they can't fit into cars, like TV's!

emmasmom
April 9th, 2008, 2:33pm
What time do you normally go to look for things? When do they throw the stuff out? I would like to try but don't really know how to go about it.

JellybeansMom
April 11th, 2008, 12:19pm
Oh my...

I can already see my boyfriend rolling his eyes and shaking his head at me as I tell him about this. I'll need to find someone to go with me and pull me out if I fall in, because I highly doubt he will be my accomplice:goofy:

I'm so excited!!! I'm a huge bargain shopper, and this stuff is free!!!

One question...can you get in trouble for doing this? I don't want to get hauled down to the PoPo station for a stapler and pack of stickers :tiptoe:

positivelift
April 11th, 2008, 1:36pm
One question...can you get in trouble for doing this? I don't want to get hauled down to the PoPo station for a stapler and pack of stickers :tiptoe:


Yes, you could get in trouble if an employee spots you and tells you to leave and you don't... or if there is a sign that states "no trespassing" on the dumpster.

I have found all kinds of stuff worth hundreds of dollars and I think I've been doing it for a month now.

love2winstuff
April 11th, 2008, 6:47pm
Yes, you could get in trouble if an employee spots you and tells you to leave and you don't... or if there is a sign that states "no trespassing" on the dumpster.

I have found all kinds of stuff worth hundreds of dollars and I think I've been doing it for a month now.


What kinds of stores do you go to?

sellswifey
April 11th, 2008, 7:03pm
I wanna go! Hey mamafairal, wanna go with me? :D

positivelift
April 11th, 2008, 7:09pm
What kinds of stores do you go to?

Office Max, Borders, Linens and Things, Kmart, and some grocery stores.

themasta
April 12th, 2008, 7:57am
Office Max, Borders, Linens and Things, Kmart, and some grocery stores.
Are the dumpsters all behind the stores... and are they always the huge things like this?
http://www.chem.uidaho.edu/safety/dumpster2.jpg

positivelift
April 12th, 2008, 9:43am
Are the dumpsters all behind the stores... and are they always the huge things like this?


It actually depends on your store. Two area K-marts have dumpsters similar to that, but the other has a compactor.

Same with all of the other businesses. I do not recommend even hanging around a compactor.

pearlleemay
April 12th, 2008, 9:59am
Wow! I have always dumpster dived(at least 10+ years) after the college students left but never from stores. I always thought that was illegal. I started when my sister told me that her professor husband dumpster dived on grad day as he was walking to campus in his long gown with a colleague. He saw something interesting in someones trash and fished it out. I find occasional money but lots of clothes which fit my teenage daughters. All the freshman girls put on those pounds and cannot wear the clothes they wore at the beginning of the year. It sure is not as good as during the Clinton years when they tossed everything. Everything. I found a really nice string of pearls then with a diamond clasp. I love finding little things too . Paper, scissors etc. Pens by the bucket fulls and tons of school supplies. What I cannot wear I donate. I love the clothes I find. This year I have found 3 really nice down comforters. They usually wash up quite well.

In the Clinton years , it was not uncommon to find 6 TVs a day and several computers. Now the colleges have set up recycle bins and donation bins too which is good. At least it is not filling up the landfill. I do occasionally find a lot of canned food which I bleach and either consume or donate if it is really wierd stuff. I also find a lot of cleaning supplies because you cannot ship those. Usually enough detergent to last a year. I am still amazed that people do not recycle their cardboard, paper, cans and plastic since the dump here takes it all.

I did find a kitten in a box last year which really sickened me. I never want to find a baby either.

I forgot to mention the student art projects. I love those! I have a few in my yard as decorations. A chicken wire sculpture with beads. One year I found two forensic heads. The clay type reconstruction heads. I gave one to my sister and sold one. Now I wish I would find another but I haven't. I always seem to find a lot of expensive graphic sets the students toss.

doctorstrangelove
April 12th, 2008, 11:17pm
First of all, its' not a dumpster. Its' an "up-for-grabs" box. I don't have time to hit it like I used to but I've been at it for at least 25 years. When I was in college it was a great way to furnish the home. I've built a nice collection of books over the years and I won't pass an opportunity to check for goodies. When I was a single parent with two kids diving was a great way to make a few extra bucks. Sometimes I'd load up the van with stuff during the week and I'd spend Saturday morning selling stuff for cash at the Albuquerque State Fair flea market. I've found furniture, art prints, CDs, office supplies, clothes, everything. I love finding heavy duty display racks and shelves from stores. Sometimes they can be adapted to use in the home. I've searched the finest dumpsters in New York City, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Fresno......it there's something to find I will find it.....:bike::birthday2:royal1:

vetstadium
April 17th, 2008, 5:14pm
if I see something in front of a house I want I will take it. I've taken a computer chair (leather on wheels) in great shape, 2 ramps for car for and oil change, a wheel barrel (little old but does the job and a step ladder over the last several years. I wasn't even actively looking they just jumped out at me.

SweepingBeauty
June 3rd, 2008, 1:43pm
here's a new article on this

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24879628/

SweepingBeauty
June 3rd, 2008, 1:49pm
check this out!

http://colorado-for-free.com/FreeThingsToDoColorado/TellurideFreeBox.htm

mewins1
June 3rd, 2008, 11:10pm
I lived in a bigger city, I would so totally dumpster dive!!!! Around here, everyone knows me, or my mom, or my preacher granddaddy, so if I was seen rear-up in a dumpster, the whole town would be sending out the men in white suits with their special gurney with the strappy thingies.

I just love something free. Its the same reason I sweep, I guess. I am so frugal it hurts.

All of my clothes are from Goodwill, except the undies. I just can't go there. Geez, I'll eat food from a dumpster, but I won't wear a pair of drawers that have been washed... Not exactly sensical, but I can't explain it.

I've heard that one of the best places to dive is behind a Bath and Body Works. Ever been there the day after Christmas when everyone is making their exchanges for their favorite scents? THe saleslady marks a line through the barcode, and pitches it in the trash. It can't be resold. These things weren't used, they were just the wrong scent. Free goodies for all if you can access the dumpster! The one here is in a mall, and the dumpsters are behind a locked fence, so no luck for me.

Am I crazy? Maybe. But that lady in that article thinks like I do. We buy too much, and we throw too much away. So while you are pitching it out, people like me will be scooping it up somewhere.

I decided about a year ago to not buy new things unless absolutely necessary, So I buy what I have to for my growing boys feet and groceries, and that is about it. Because I don't buy "stuff," I spend more time doing the grocery shopping, looking for deals. I always plan a little extra time in any errand or outing, so that I can check out the sales or "dented discounts" at any grocery store I'm going to pass. I very rarely have to actually make a trip to the grocery store anymore, so I save on gas.

Vive la Free Stuff!

mewins1
June 3rd, 2008, 11:23pm
I've heard of people who never actually get into the dumpsters. They use those claw grippy things on a pole and go poking around. If they see something that looks promising, they pull it out, examine, and put back what they don't want.

I worked for an apartment complex once and their dumpsters were a great place to find furniture.

themasta
July 4th, 2008, 6:44am
heres a good article with some tips

http://www.hackinthebox.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=6388&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

themasta
August 6th, 2008, 8:36pm
alright divers!!

jamicanprincess
August 30th, 2008, 12:40pm
During the warm months he rides the bike and stops at the big apartment complex dumpsters, he is very lucky in the cardboard recycling dumpsters at those spots. Our public park is also a great point finding spot. He goes several times a week, sometimes twice a day.

He also takes the baby in her stroller early in the morning on recycling day, and stops along the way to look for points in peoples recycling bins that are out on the curb waiting to be picked up. He doesn't dig in their bins, he only stops if he can see points sticking out of the top of the bin.

I sometimes work at Harvard University and coke bottles are everywhere. I was at Fenway last night and BF told me no way! So many points and I could have none.:embarrass

KathBrat
August 30th, 2008, 2:54pm
I sometimes work at Harvard University and coke bottles are everywhere. I was at Fenway last night and BF told me no way! So many points and I could have none.:embarrass


Time to trade that BF in !:shocked4:



just kidding


But I would let him know - when he's not there............it's open season on caps! LOL

lisherman
September 23rd, 2008, 3:44pm
my sister totally has me dumpster diving with her.
We got some big wheels for her kids and pretty white shelf and we were taking a glider loveseat for her from front porch and it fell apart. there were people at a gas station watching us take the glider and they were laughing thier pants off at us.

When we were taking the big wheels someone said they were gonna call the cops.

How could it be illegal by taking someones trash out of the land fills? We were jsut recycling the big wheels.

SweepingBeauty
December 17th, 2008, 7:35pm
yesterday was a good day for me, I was determined to find a replacement broom handle

seems the kids were sweeping, not the kind we do, but cleaning and bent the handle of my broom. I continued to use it and it finally snapped off last week.

Well I drove the section of town that had garbage pick up and found one someone was tossing. I passed it up, then convinced myself I should go back for it. It is the same brand, all I had to do was screw it in. Saved $5-$6

Then I found a clean 3 drawer plastic storage drawer thingy with top

Then a fake terra cotta planter with grape leaves and vines on it.

SweepingBeauty
December 27th, 2008, 1:01pm
prime garbage picking this week, with people getting new stuff, moving, traveling, etc...

report back your finds

My accomplice, aka "the kid", helped me score 6 Dr. Pepper boxes and 50 Coke points on Monday, 10 more Coke points on Tuesday

SillyLilly
December 30th, 2008, 8:14pm
I finally get to join this group! Woo hoo! I decided it's time to get serious about winning some coke loot, so I get up early before the recycle truck comes a couple times a week and dig through everyone's recycling. I've already learned who drinks coke, who drinks pepsi, and who drinks the nasty store brands. :laugh: One lady always has a coke carton, so I had to cuss her out last week when it seemed she had switched to Bud. But she's back to coke this week. Whew!

Today I saw a boy watching me from down the alley (it's winter break here), but there were 3 coke boxes in one bin so there was no way I was gonna pass that one up. When I finished gleaning my codes and walked towards him, he acted like he hadn't seen me and was studiously watching something in a tree. I think he was a bit scared cuz we all know only bums go through other people's garbage. :D

luloops
January 2nd, 2009, 2:02am
My cousin runs a thriftstore and she is always looking for hangers. I went with her to Old Navy and asked if they had any hangers they wanted to get rid of. They told us that they had just thrown them out. We went to the dumpster in back of the store and not only did we find tons of hangers but we found some clothing racks in very good shape as well as plastic shopping bags. These are all things that she needed for the store.

jordan123
January 2nd, 2009, 2:14am
Sweet :smile8::smile8:

just is amazing what folks throw out ...


My cousin runs a thriftstore and she is always looking for hangers. I went with her to Old Navy and asked if they had any hangers they wanted to get rid of. They told us that they had just thrown them out. We went to the dumpster in back of the store and not only did we find tons of hangers but we found some clothing racks in very good shape as well as plastic shopping bags. These are all things that she needed for the store.

tinamarina71
January 2nd, 2009, 3:31am
DH and I Have Dumpster dived for about 4 years now and since we moved last week... we set a bunch of stuff on the curb in front of our old house 2 days in a row.

It only took an ad on Craig's list and all of it was taken!!

Love good Dumpster scores.

leroyale
January 13th, 2009, 4:45pm
In my state, occasional non-winning-scratcher tickets can be submitted through the mail or online. I found some $10 non winners next to the scratchers machine in a wastepaper basket and entered them and won $300 worth of scratchers--which netted an additional $420 in winning tickets!

pearlleemay
January 13th, 2009, 5:03pm
Oh, I can't wait tell the college students move out! The best! Of course before everyone got all green it was even better. About 10 years ago it was the best! The computers,TVs etc. Companies were wooing these students and giving them all sorts of wonderful freebies too. Those dot com years were the best. I always still find towels and shower curtains which can be easily washed. I found the nicest string of pearls with a diamond clasp! Vaccums etc. I hate buying trash cans etc. Those you can always find. I hate paying retail for anything now. I found 5 huge bags of very nice ladies clothing . Some fit and some didn't so I sent the rest to the thrift store. I love dumpster diving. I am a little worried now about bedbugs though , after I found an entire kids bedroom tossed. So many toys etc and clothes that I also forwarded to the thrift store. If I cannot use it , someone can. Dumpster diving rules. My sister got me hooked when she first got married to her second husband. He was a college professor and dumpster dived on the way to graduation ceremonies with his friend. They were both in their robes and embarrassed to do it but saw some great stuff on the way to the university. They even got caught by some of their students.

Lately I have found a lot of snowboarder clothes which are pretty expensive. Lots of coats and sweaters which I donate. I donated a whole garage full of usable stuff last year when I decided I had enough of ugly behavior at garage sales.

SillyLilly
January 13th, 2009, 5:36pm
In my state, occasional non-winning-scratcher tickets can be submitted through the mail or online. I found some $10 non winners next to the scratchers machine in a wastepaper basket and entered them and won $300 worth of scratchers--which netted an additional $420 in winning tickets!

I've heard of people not seeing a winner and throwing a winning ticket out. In fact, I was told many c-stores have a trash can at the spot where most of their customers scratch to encourage them to throw away their tickets in one spot. Then when it's slow, the cashiers go thru and look for winners that were missed. I've picked up a few scratchers but never found a missed winner.

I found one more 10-point coke code in recycle bins this morning. There were 2 boxes, but they had torn the part with the code from the other one and I didn't want to dig thru the trash to find it.

songbird123
January 13th, 2009, 6:13pm
Well, I don't do the usual dumpster diving, but I do hit the local newspaper's recycle bin every week to get multiples of coupon inserts! :cheer7:

KChele
January 13th, 2009, 6:49pm
Oh, I can't wait tell the college students move out! The best! Of course before everyone got all green it was even better. About 10 years ago it was the best! The computers,TVs etc. Companies were wooing these students and giving them all sorts of wonderful freebies too. Those dot com years were the best. I always still find towels and shower curtains which can be easily washed. I found the nicest string of pearls with a diamond clasp! Vaccums etc. I hate buying trash cans etc. Those you can always find. I hate paying retail for anything now. I found 5 huge bags of very nice ladies clothing . Some fit and some didn't so I sent the rest to the thrift store. I love dumpster diving. I am a little worried now about bedbugs though , after I found an entire kids bedroom tossed. So many toys etc and clothes that I also forwarded to the thrift store. If I cannot use it , someone can. Dumpster diving rules. My sister got me hooked when she first got married to her second husband. He was a college professor and dumpster dived on the way to graduation ceremonies with his friend. They were both in their robes and embarrassed to do it but saw some great stuff on the way to the university. They even got caught by some of their students.

Lately I have found a lot of snowboarder clothes which are pretty expensive. Lots of coats and sweaters which I donate. I donated a whole garage full of usable stuff last year when I decided I had enough of ugly behavior at garage sales.

I wish we could do that around here. The stuff that gets left behind at the dumpsters here gets collected for a sale benefiting the international students.

jamicanprincess
January 18th, 2009, 2:34am
I ask the cleaning guys at my place of employment to save me coke caps. I get about 25 per day !

SweepingBeauty
April 9th, 2009, 8:08pm
anyone diving? I saw our old couch curbside this week, we sold it 4 years ago.

chestnutfall
April 15th, 2009, 11:15pm
I was searching the ols achieves for something else (bed bugs) and I noticed this:

http://forums.online-sweepstakes.com/showthread.php?t=392609&highlight=bed+bugs

I thought since it is on dumpster diving you might enjoy read the thread.

chrissywins
April 25th, 2009, 1:57am
I've always been a garbage picker-upper but I never officially went dumpster diving until last year. This girl I know who is a riot talked me into jumping into a garbage w/ her and honestly I have to say it was probably one of the funniest experiences of my life. I'd definitely go again, we were all dressed in black with flash lights, I was soooo nervous and like what the heck am I doing but it was GREAT! All I remember is feeling like I was going to pee myself from laugher. The best were the dirty looks we got afterwards going into 711 laughing our butts off. :cheer3:

jennem
May 15th, 2009, 1:48pm
We totally Freegan as much as we can. In NYC it's pretty easy--people throw away amazing things. We always put our unwanted stuff on the curb and it's usually gone within an hour, too.

PGRIFF
May 26th, 2009, 1:28pm
I got a french provencial bedside stand with 2 drawers from the side of the road by my sons friends house . I am going to paint it enamel black and the top I will decoupage black and white images. I'll make before and after pic's.

baroness-1
May 26th, 2009, 1:41pm
Outside my condo patio about 20 feet away is a dumpster. I have found lots of good stuff since I moved here in 1996.

Espresso machines, patio tables, patio chairs, rugs, pyrex, exercise equipment

My recent find was a set of pots and pans.

chestnutfall
September 13th, 2009, 1:00am
Just bumping

PGRIFF
September 28th, 2009, 4:25pm
http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg75/patmadolo/DSCI0027.jpg

http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg75/patmadolo/DSCI0030-3.jpg

chestnutfall
October 25th, 2009, 3:04pm
Just passing this article on, it is worth reading.

" DUMPSTER DIVING TIPS Tips from Jeff Ferrell, author of "Empire of Scrounge: Inside the Urban Underground of Dumpster Diving, Trash Picking, and Street Scavenging."

Dumpster-diving professor seeks treasures in trash
http://www.mtstandard.com/articles/2009/02/09/bigskylife/hjjajhjchgfdhg.txt
A very interesting article about the art of dumpster diving of Jeff Ferrell

Tntrouble456
October 25th, 2009, 3:58pm
Well, I don't do the usual dumpster diving, but I do hit the local newspaper's recycle bin every week to get multiples of coupon inserts! :cheer7:

Ha! I'm glad to see I am in good company on this one. Our recycling dumpsters in town fill up fast. When they are a good ways up. I tear those things up. I get tons of coupon inserts and clean up at the grocery store, especially at Kroger. It's the only store here that doubles. There are also "free" item coupons from time to time or I get it for next to nothing. It amazes me to see the full sunday papers with coupons untouched. People could not care less.
There is also a magazine dumpster next to it. I get so many current and classic finds in there. People really seem to enjoy dumping off collections of "National Geographic" more than any, I think. Where do they get so many catalogs in bundles, I wonder? Maybe the mailman has had enough. :)
Funniest part is the dumpsters are right in front of the police station. I have never had them even look my way, let alone question me. I don't think they care.

SweepingBeauty
December 1st, 2009, 2:31pm
I got a tricycle and coke points this week